Dubai: Thousands of CCTV cameras of various Dubai government agencies will now provide live feed to a central command centre, officials said. Under a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) network, security cameras across will relay live images of security breaches live to the central command centre, Dubai Police said. The cameras will monitor criminal behaviour in three sectors -- tourism, traffic and bricks and mortar facilities. The network, said the police, is being phased in via different stages to meet the Dubai 2021 Vision requirements of a smart city. Announcing the programme, Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said the new project called'Oyoon' (eyes) will tackle crimes in the city and help reduce traffic accident deaths and congestion.
The first robot cop is expected to join Dubai's police force in May. Officials in Dubai unveiled plans to introduce a robotic police officer to the United Arab Emirates during a policing forum recently and said they intend to have robot cops serving as about 25 percent of the force by 2030. The robot officer, which will be the first of its kind in the UAE, is an example of officials' plan to turn Dubai into one of the safest cities on Earth with the help of technology and robots. Authorities also announced plans to introduce a DNA data bank in effort to track criminals. "We planned for a security system for the future of the city to tackle future crimes.
Dubai police will soon have access to Star Wars-style flying motorbikes -- popularly known as hoverbikes. The announcement was made in collaboration with a Russian firm Hoversurf --which designed the craft -- at the Gulf Information Technology Exposition (GITEX) that took place last week. Launched under Hoversurf's pre-existing Scorpion platform, the fully-electric hoverbikes are termed as "human carrying drones" by the company. They will be able to transport police officers to accident spots and crime scenes avoiding traffic. The Scorpion-3 (S-3) hoverbikes are capable of flying at a height of five meters and can carry one person a time.
Dubai, the Future City, recently announced its plans to debut self-flying taxis this year. Now, Dubai Police is taking its force to the next level with small autonomous patrol cars equipped with drones, according to Gulf News (via The Verge). The self-driving police cars are expected to hit the road by the end of the year. The vehicles will come with biometric software that will scan individuals it comes across, looking out for criminals and those who are suspected of breaking the law. The police car, which is equipped with 360-degree cameras, will patrol different locations in Dubai, will be on the lookout for suspicious activity and will scan crowds.
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